AFC South: David Gilreath

The Indianapolis Colts claimed running back Chad Gronkowski off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys and placed running back Chad Spann on injured reserve.

They also signed five players to their practice squad:

Kerry Collins does fine in Colts debut

September, 1, 2011
Quarterback Kerry Collins first game as a member of the Indianapolis Colts was not about the stats as much as it was whether he could show that he was comfortable.

And while five-for-10 for 45 yards hardly made for a big evening, he looked like he knew what to do and where to go with the ball.

Twice he got hit by Michael Johnson. The Cincinnati defensive end got pushed wide by Indy rookie tackle Anthony Castonzo, but kept working and managed to land a meaningful swipe on Collins anyway. The first time hit forced a red-zone incompletion and the second resulted in a lost fumble.

Collins made a great deep throw down the middle for David Gilreath on his first snap and drew a pass interference penalty. And later he hit Chris Brooks deep on the left side, a pass that was dropped.

The quarterback didn’t get a completion or yardage for either.

After Collins yielded to Dan Orlovsky, owner Jim Irsay tweeted: “#5 looked good 2nite,gonna help us if #18 needs a few more weeks getting ready...but Peyton is improving rapidly..steady progress!”

Collins is No. 5 while No. 18, of course, is Peyton Manning.

I think it has to be considered an encouraging start for the backup, He could play in the season opener on Sept. 11 in Houston if Manning isn’t sufficiently recovered from the May neck surgery that kept him out of action until a recent return to limited practice.

And hey, the Colts actually won a preseason game, 17-13. It was their first preseason win since August 20, 2009.

One defensive note: Linebacker Philip Wheeler started with Kavell Conner and Ernie Sims.

Wheeler seemed a prime culprit in the Colts’ struggles against the run, getting run through on multiple occasions. Brian Leonard ranks as Cincinnati’s third back, but got the early work and managed 5.2 yards a carry.

And running back Cedric Peerman stiff-armed Wheeler after a short catch, watched him slip off and ran for more yards.

Wheeler did make a nice play tracking and dragging down Jermaine Gresham after a short catch.

RTC: Gonzalez knows he could be cut

August, 31, 2011
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Houston Texans

If you like different, Arian Foster is different, and that's not a bad thing in a world of processed, sanitized and approved quotes, says Richard Justice. Amen.

Texans defenders love being coached by Wade Phillips, says Jeffrey Martin.

Indianapolis Colts

Anthony Gonzalez is realistic about the chance of being cut, says Mike Chappell. I understand that his lack of availability is a big issue. But who’s the receiver they’d keep ahead of him?

Safety Joe Lefeged and wide receiver David Gilreath have major opportunities to be returners for the Colts, says Phil Richards.

Bob Sanders has a fresh start in San Diego, says Sam Farmer.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The push for a pass rush continues for the Jaguars, says Vito Stellino.

Blaine Gabbert’s learned a lot about how he reacts to blitzes, says Tania Ganguli.

Question about the health of Rashad Jennings from Gene Frenette. (Look to the bottom.)

Tennessee Titans

The fraternity of former GMs laud Mike Reinfeldt for staying within the parameters of the running back market with regard to Chris Johnson, writes Jim Wyatt.

Expect an early exit for Matt Hasselbeck in New Orleans, says John Glennon.

Seven Titans will sit out the preseason finale, says Glennon.

First look: Colts' depth chart

August, 9, 2011
ANDERSON, Ind. – A first look at the Colts’ first unofficial depth chart gives us some nuggets to consider: